At the beginning of the 20th century, the race for the tallest building in the world started.
The Chrysler building was in a race with the Bank of Manhattan (now 40 Wall Street) for obtaining the title of tallest building in the world.
However, just one week after the Bank of Manhattan had reached its top, the spire of the Chrysler building was put in place, making it 318 meter (1045ft) high, thus beating the Bank of Manhattan as the tallest building in the world.
But now, One World Trade Center, the giant monolith being built to replace the twin towers destroyed in the Sept. 11 attacks, will lay claim to the title of New York City’s tallest skyscraper on Monday.
When completed in 2014, WTC 1’s structural height will be 1,368 feet, and its pinnacle height will be 1,776 feet, including its 408-foot antennae. It will become the tallest building in the United States, counting antennae.
“The New York City skyline is, once again, stretching to new heights,” Mayor Michael Bloombergsaid in a statement.
“The latest progress at the World Trade Center is a testament to New Yorkers’ strength and resolve, and to our belief in a city that is always reaching upward. This building has been a labor of love for many, and I congratulate the men and women who have worked together to solve the challenges presented by this incredibly complex project.
Today our city has a new tallest building, and a new sense of how bright our future is.”
The Chrysler Corporation moved out and sold the building in the mid-1950s. 391,831 rivets were used to make the Chrysler Building.
As for the world’s tallest building, the undisputed champion is the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, which opened in 2010 and reaches 828.14m.